Hail to the Redskins……

I grew up in the suburbs of Washington DC, and in that town everyone is a Skins fan. Growing up I of course was the ultimate tomboy of the 70’s. I feverishly followed the Skins and to this day still remember the names and numbers of many players from the teams of the 70’s and early 80’s. I used to have a 45 record ( a record is is like a big CD for all you youngsters who may not be familiar with that term!!! πŸ™‚ ) that I would play “Hail to the Redskins” constantly on my record player. As a long time fan, I have wanted to attend a game for years. At my recent HS reunion in Md. an old HS friend offered me tickets to a game for FREE ( that is one of my favorite words!). I was so excited to go to the game this weekend……until Sean Taylor died early this morning. Wow, what a tragedy, they guy was 24 years old and was shot to death in his bedroom, while his girlfriend and baby looked on. I obviously don’t know the details about the circumstances that surround his death, but the whole thing saddens me.

I have heard many people say they are glad the current Skins head coach is at the helm during this tragic and trying time for the team. The Skins current coach is Joe Gibbs, a Godly christian man. Pray for him as he leads his team through this tragedy. May God use him greatly to minister and comfort his team!

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Head coach Joe Gibbs said that he noticed that Taylor had matured in the last year, in part because of the birth of his daughter Jackie.

“Sean had a great relationship with the Lord and the feeling is that he’s going home,” he said. “It’s hard for us, because we’re here and we’re going to miss him. Not as a player, but as a person.”

My fellow Skins fan blogger Mamma D at Fairy Bread also posted on the Redskins.

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Misc. thoughts……

#1 – As I glanced at yesterday’s newspaper I noticed on the 2nd page a sad and disturbing photo of survivors of the cyclone in Bangledesh. They were desperate for food, and fighting to get food at a distribution center. I thought to myself what a contrast…..here we are sitting down for a huge Thanksgiving meal where we will be stuffed to the rim, and they are fighting for a meager amount of rice in Bangledesh! As I always say, we have it good in America!

#2 – Falling out of that same newspaper were ads galore! The top banner on my paper proudly proclaimed “our biggest advertising section ever!” Has black Friday become a holiday also? Our local mall opened at 4AM, the local outlets opened at midnight! Did any of you head out to the black friday sales, was it worth it? Just curious how it went. For all you diehard shoppers, I hate to say, but I was really enjoying a good nights sleep. πŸ™‚

#3 – It was a beautiful morning here yesterday with very warm temps for this time of year. I went for a long bike ride. I took a very hilly route, that stretched for a little over 8 miles. And yes it was exercise, but it was very pleasant. I saw lots of neighbors out walking with friends and family. It just warmed my heart to see so many people out enjoying the day together. It was also such a gorgeous day out, and despite the fact that after conquering the one agonizing hill, I felt as if my heart was about to pop out of my body, I did enjoy myself.

#4- I am thankful for spell checker!

#5 – I am planning to put up our Christmas tree today, and decorate for Christmas. I always say if I am going to put all that work into decorating for Christmas, I am going to do it early so we can enjoy it longer!

#6- Oh and what do you think of the new blog design? I am just playing around with it and may change it again. I liked the browness ( I know it’s not a word!) of the other one, since I thought it reflected chocolate well, but I didn’t like the set up.

So Happy Belated Thanksgiving, Happy Black Friday….and an early Merry Christmas to all!

Delicious Pumpkin Cookies

Oh Ladies, these cookies are scrumptious! I just made a batch for church yesterday and thought I would post the recipe. When I make them at home they disappear so quickly. I usually throw a little whole wheat flour in also, but you can use white flour. The whole wheat is used to try and convince me that they are healthy, so then I can eat more of them!! πŸ™‚ Remember to make the frosting as listed, it is what makes the cookies so good…….and it tastes yummy on it’s own also!!

1 cup of pumpkin

1/2 c. of butter ( softened)

1 1/2 c of sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

2 c. of white flour

3/4 c. whole wheat flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 tsp. salt

1 c. of raisins ( to soften, boil 1/2 c. of water and add raisins, and let sit about 5 min., drain, and add to mixture)

Frosting

3/4 c. packed brown sugar

1/4 c. butter

1 1/4 c. powdered sugar

1 to 2 tblsp. half & half

1 tsp. vanilla

Heat oven to 375. Grease cookie sheets. In a large bowl combine, granulated sugar, pumpkin, 1/2 c. butter, egg and vanilla. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Add flours, baking soda, baking powder, spices and salt. Beat at low speed, until soft dough forms. Gently stir raisins into mixture. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cookie is set. Cool completely.

Frosting – In a 1 qt. saucepan, combine brown sugar, 1/4c. butter. Cook over medium heat until butter is melted and mixture can be stirred smooth. Do not allow it to boil. Remove from heat. Add remaining ingredients. Stir until smooth. Spread frosting evenly on cookies and ENJOY!!!

Quiet……..

I am finding that the older I get the more I enjoy quiet!Β  Why is that?Β  As IΒ  sit and type this SportTman is playing drums, The Inventor is whining about her back hurting, hubby is banging out a beat on his pants ( this is a normal thing for drummers)the dryer is going, and the dishwasher is on….not a peaceful moment.Β Β  I am married to a drummer, you would think I would get used to it.

I went out for a walk/jog tonight, and the moon was out and it was quiet, I really enjoyed it!Β  I came home from school yesterday and for a brief 45 minutes, no one was home and the house was quiet……I really enjoyed it!

I guess I am getting old!

( I bet my mom will read this post and smile, and knowingly think to herself, I knew this day would come.Β  Afterall it happened to her, I still remember her yelling for me to turn down the music!!Β  πŸ™‚Β  )

Grocery Shopping with the kids is such bliss!

Yes you heard me right, grocery shopping with my kids is great!! Today, after close to 12 years of grocery shopping stress ( you know the kind of stress I mean – the kids whine for certain foods, or they want to push the cute little kiddie shopping cart 60 mph down the produce aisle, or when you are in the farthest corner of the grocery store with a very full cart one of the kids says “I have to go poopy!”, or they stand at the free sample of carrots and dip and double dip, licking their carrot each time, or they like to take shots into the grocery cart with the toilet paper rolls like it’s a basketball). But today it was different, it finally happened, shopping bliss!

I arrived at the grocery store afterschool today with both kids in tow. The kids took their own cart and went to retrieve several of our usual products, like the 5 gallons of milk we drink each week. I then concentrated on the other items. We met near the check out line. I casually said to my son that I was going to go down and check out the beautiful Christmas display at the end of the store. I asked he and my daughter to unload the groceries to check out. I said I would be right back. Anticipating complaining, I was shocked when I heard an “ok.” I quickly bolted for the Christmas display for a few minutes of peace. Much to my surprise I got lost in that brief glorious moment of Christmas shopping and lost track of time until SportTman comes down and says that it is now time to pay. I return to our spot in line, and almost pass out, as I see both of my children working calmly together bagging the groceries. I pinch myself to make sure this is not some weird dream, smile at the cashier, and pay. The kids then take off with the fully loaded cart. The Inventor turns and asks for my keys. I throw her the keys and walk casually to the car. I arrive at the car as the kids are loading the groceries into the van. I find my keys on the front seat of the van, I sit down, turn on the car, and drive home in shock. I am still not sure if it was a dream or if it really happened. But we did eat a frozen pizza for dinner tonight that I put in the cart…..so I am thinking it really happened!

There is hope ladies for those of you with grocery shopping woes……hang in there.

M.A.I.D is love

Yes I have a cleaning lady now that I am working full- time….this is my tribute to this wonderful human being!

M – Mindful of the details, like cleaning dog slobber off my dinning room window

A – Always cheerful and goes the extra mile for me

I – I worship her………..uh I mean appreciate her so much

D – deal….deal…..deal, yes folks she is the best deal in town and she is mine and no one elses!

Thanks to the dear women who comes to clean my house every other Tues., I am so thankful for clean floors, shiny windows, toilets so clean the dog can now drink from them, a microwave that shines, instead of the dull spaghetti sauce look, andΒ  the top of a refrigerator that dust bunnies now cower in fear of!

Thanks Angie! πŸ™‚

Did you hear the latest?

Laughing Through the Tears and TCC got into on their blogs the other day. Both were busting on each other about something Classic Mama said on her blog about Liza’s Eyeview. Well then The Riding Pony got involved and she emailed Lessons from the Laundry to see what she thought about the whole thing. And before you know it everyone got so disgusted they stopped blogging. Can you believe it!!??

Yes ladies I am talking about GOSSIP! Of course none of the nonsense above is true. I thought it would be a fun way to promote some of my blogging buddies while making a point about Gossip! I get so frustrated with the way women gossip and talk on and on about other people. One of the things I have noticed lately is just how much women love to talk about other women. I am constantly amazed at how mean, rude and disrespectful people can be when talking about someone who isn’t around. I hear it daily at my job and I even hear it in social circles at church. But I must say the christians are at least nicer gossips……….not as cruel as others are, but does that make it right?

Here is the official dictionary definition of gossip –

~idle talk or rumor, esp. about the personal or private affairs of others

And while I am being the dictionary queen here…….idle means ~of no real worth, importance, or significance. So gossip refers to idle talk, meaning it’s talk that has no real worth or importance. Can you imagine all the great things we can talk about with others if we spent less time with idle talk! It really has no real worth and it can often cause more damage then good.

The bible reminds us in Proverbs 16:28
28A perverse man ( or women) stirs up dissension,
and a gossip separates close friends
. and

Proverbs 20:19
19A gossip betrays a confidence;
so avoid a man who talks too much.

Our christian integrity demands that our words should match our lives. And our words should not only be trueβ€”they should edify. How would the words from your mouth measure up to anyone who might happen to be within earshot? Do your words encourage, inspire, and edify? I find the more I am immersed in the world of constant gossip the more I am convicted to encourage and inspire others to draw near to God, and follow hard after him, not a the latest rumor that comes down the pike. Encourage one another is a far call from idle talk.

“Simple people talk about other people.
Average people talk about things.
Wise people talk about ideas.”

 

Ok, ok, ah sorry………..ah……yea…….I see that I am now firmly planted on top of a “soapbox” sorry, I got a bit carried away. πŸ™‚

It’s Christmas time in the city…….

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2 days before Halloween The Inventor and I walked into our local “everything you need kind of store” looking for Halloween items. We wanted to give a little gift to the women who watches The Inventor for about 10 min. before school everyday. We were thinking about a cute fall item. You would think on Oct 29th, this would be a reasonable request. Well after we walked through 3 aisles of Christmas items, we finally found a small endcap with Fall items! The endcap was filled with many lovely fall items, but it was only an endcap at the end of an aisle. That’s was it……. there were 3-4 aisles of Christmas stuff, but barely any fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving things.

We ended up finding several nice things for a little trick or treat bag for our friend, but I was dismayed at the commercialism of Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas……I love the music, the decorations, the Christmas tree, the traditions of the season, BUT NOT BEFORE HALLOWEEN!Β  It seems that Christmas is becoming more of a retail holiday, the retailers are thinking about how much money they can make, and consumers are thinking about buying gifts, toys and the latest fad or craze they can have. Somehow the true meaning of Christmas seems to get lost. It appears that Christmas has become more about the stuff you can get, not the savior who gave.

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I think Linus had it right in the infamous Charlie Brown Christmas special, Here is a short synopsis of his words and insight.

Charlie Brown finds himself depressed at Christmas time, searching for the true meaning of the holiday amidst the glitz and commercialism of the modern age. ( the modern age was 1965, can you imagine what Linus would say about the year 2007!!) He finds his answer in the passage below:

“And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them! And they were sore afraid … And the angel said unto them, “Fear not! For, behold, I bring you tidings o great joy, which shall be to all my people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ, the Lord.”

“And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the Heavenly Host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth peace, and good will toward men.”

“That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.” – Linus Van Pelt